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Media and social capital

Campante, Filipe, Durante, Ruben and Tesei, Andrea (2022) Media and social capital. Annual Review of Economics, 14. 69 - 91. ISSN 1941-1383

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Identification Number: 10.1146/annurev-economics-083121-050914


We survey the empirical literature in economics on the impact of media technologies on social capital. Guided by a simple model of information and collective action, we cover a range of different outcomes related to social capitalfrom social and political participation to interpersonal trustin its benign and destructive manifestations. The impact of media technologies hinges on their content (information versus entertainment), their effectiveness in fostering coordination, and the networks they create as well as on individual characteristics and media consumption choices.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Annual Reviews Inc.
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 16:45
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 20:45

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